Learning how to balance college life and fantasy football is more difficult than what it appears to be, as I am now 0-5 in my dynasty league, 1-4 in the BTSC league, and 2-3 in the league with some of my friends. I just wanted to set your mind at ease and let you know that you have nothing to worry about when you trust the advice I give you on starts and sits. Having said that, this is by far the worst start I have ever done in fantasy football, and I have made some impressive comebacks in fantasy in past years thanks to trading. Hopefully the same strategy will work for me this year. But I digress. Let’s get to the matter at hand.
Each week during the NFL season, I, Andrew Wilbar, and BTSC podcast personality Jeremy Betz will co-author a Steelers ‘start and sit’ article. It will include only players from the Steelers and from the team the Steelers are facing that week. This week, Jeremy will be breaking down the starts and sits and running back, tight end, and defense, while I will cover the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and kickers. We will alternate who covers those positions every week.
If you have thoughts on which players are worth starting in the Steelers vs. Seahawks matchup, let us know who they are in the comment section below. But without further adieu, here are your Steelers and Seahawks starts and sits for Week 6.
RB: Najee Harris, PIT
Jeremy: I don’t know about Andrew, but this is the easiest call for me to make by far every week I do RBs. Not since peak Le’Veon Bell has a Steelers RB been such a weekly slam dunk. Harris brings RB1 volume and ability every week and is a matchup-proof play. A top 5 Fantasy back for the remainder of the season, roll him out with confidence vs. the porous Seattle run defense (3rd most points allowed to opposing RBs).
WR: D.K. Metcalf, SEA
Andrew: This one may seem obvious, but in case you were not aware, the Steelers give up the third most fantasy points to opposing receivers. I realize that Russell Wilson is out, but there is no cornerback on the Steelers’ roster that has either the size or the athleticism of Metcalf. He could be a serious mismatch for Pittsburgh’s secondary.
WR: Chase Claypool, PIT
Andrew: The Steelers were finally able to protect Ben Roethlisberger and give him time to throw the ball downfield last week, and if that can carry over into Week 6’s matchup, Chase Claypool could have a monster game. Claypool had a breakout performance this past week, recording 130 receiving yards and a touchdown. This week’s matchup against Seattle is a favorable one, as the Seahawks have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to receivers this season.
WR: Diontae Johnson, PIT
Andrew: While I expect James Washington and Chase Claypool to soak up most of the third-down targets that JuJu Smith-Schuster had previously absorbed, I still expect Johnson to get a lot of volume underneath. In non-PPR formats, you really need him to find the end zone, but I expect Johnson to be a solid WR2 option in PPR and half-PPR scoring this week.
K: Jason Myers, SEA
Andrew: Myers is coming off a couple rough games when it comes to converting on field goals, but this week’s outlook is much brighter, as the Steelers have given up the 7th most fantasy points to opposing kickers this season. He is not a guy I would prioritize if you have a more consistent option already, but I do believe there is some upside here if you are in dire need of a kicker.
Jeremy: It’s by no means a lock, but the loss of Russell Wilson means the Steelers will be facing a backup QB (Geno Smith) at home on Sunday Night Football. I like the chances for takeaways and sacks, which should feed a solid stat line and fantasy point total for the Steel Curtain. Start ‘em.
RB: Chris Carson/Alex Collins, SEA
Jeremy: As of this writing, it is not clear whether Chris Carson will be back healthy for this game, but even if he is, the Steelers are giving up the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs and have yet to give up a TD to the position. If Carson sits, Alex Collins takes over, but neither RB option is a good play this week. Sit any/all Seattle RBs if you can.
TE: All of Them
Jeremy: ‘Nuff said, right? Please tell me you have a better TE option than Pat Friermuth (PIT), Eric Ebron (PIT), Will Dissly (SEA), or Gerald Everett (SEA). If not, Friermuth is the only one of this group even worth a streaming look, and even that’s only if you’re, say, a George Kittle owner during SF’s bye week in a very deep league. Side note: Gerald Everett could have some appeal when Russell Wilson returns. Put him on you “Watch Lists.”
If you haven’t listened already, make sure you check out Jeremy’s weekly podcast, The Steelers Fantasy Football Fix, which is available each and every Wednesday. You can listen to his latest episode in the player below.
Which players do you see as good starting options in the Steelers/Seahawks matchup? Do you have any start and sit questions for me or Jeremy? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!